I've been using Shimano since the '70's Bantam, and on their VIP Staff since 1996. There is nothing as low a profile as the E series and the newer reels out now. Every reel company has their lowest model. These are the smallest grip/palm distance of grip, than any previously made. I have over 50-60 reels, from past years, you can measure the older ones against new, and the difference is slight on "palm size", however, the biggest difference (other than overall size and weight), is from the bottom of rod grip to top of reel, the reel seats have evolved to lessen that distance of grip. Rod blanks/reel seats have evolved to help reduce overall grip size, too.